Starting a horse on jumps? - The Horse Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 03-04-2011, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 2,042
• Horses: 1
Starting a horse on jumps?

I've been doing a lot of research about it, because sooner or later I'm going to TRY to get my boy into jumping!

My question is: Is it ok to start him on jumps myself, then just go to a trainer a few times of month to help me refine him? Or would it be best to just hire a trainer for about a month to get him going good for me?

I plan on painting up some poles around here and use them as ground/trotting poles, that can't hurt. I was also considering setting up a cavalletti or cross rail to lunge and eventually ride over, so that's why I'm askin y'all's advice :)

Also, any jumping or pre-jumping excercises/advice is welcomed.
He is comfortable with me trotting/cantering him in both half seat and 2 point.
Thank ya!

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
Eliz is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 03-04-2011, 11:40 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: canada
Posts: 139
• Horses: 0
Do you have any experience jumping?
Posted via Mobile Device
rosie1 is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 03-05-2011, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 2,042
• Horses: 1
Yes.
And of course they'd be small jumps, probably less than 2 ft. Y'know, the kind where sometimes the horse just trots over them :)

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
Eliz is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 03-05-2011, 12:37 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Africa
Posts: 153
• Horses: 1
It all depends on your experience with jumping. Getting a trainer can never hurt (provided its a good trainer) and they are usually worth every penny.

But, as for starting him yourself: How old is your boy? Why do you say 'try'? Has he had any experience jumping? Good or bad experience? The best way to start is obviously with trot poles. I usualy start with lunging a horse over poles (start with one and build up from there) at both the trot and canter, let them figure it out. Once they have the hang of it, then I move and do the same exercises in the saddle. I also like to adjust the poles, make the striding slightly longer, slightly shorter etc. to get the horse (and rider) used to shortening and extending its stride which is a valuable tool for jumping.

I don't lunge horses over jumps very often, mainly because all of our jumps have jump standards that the lunge line could get caught on but I have lunged a few horses over barrels on the ground and logs which works well. But for others, I just start taking them over very small cross rails. Sometimes they need lots of leg for encouragement and some trot over them while same take HUGE leaps the first time (very important that you go with the horse even if it takes a massive leap and don't catch it in the mouth). Once the horse is happy jumping small cross rails, I move on to two jumps after each other (gradually decreasing the distance between the two) to get them used to combinations and then move on to triple combinations and then gradually increase the height.

I like to start jumping horses from a trot and maintaining a regular, calm rythm is a must! Horses must not rush jumps and must remain responsive. Only once my horse is happy trotting over the jumps, do I move on to cantering over jumps (start again from the beginning, do they keep a regular stride over cantering poles etc.). When I increase the height (up to a point obviously), I also start with trotting over that height until they are calm and jumping well and then start cantering over it.

Cavaletti is always great, it does wonders for your horses jumping form!

Last edited by munschk; 03-05-2011 at 12:41 AM.
munschk is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 03-05-2011, 01:00 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: canada
Posts: 139
• Horses: 0
Good post! I just want to add that free jumping your horse never hurts before you start jumping them with a rider, let them figure out where their feet should go, how to balance ect without the added confusion of a rider. However if you don't have much experience with jumping I would suggest getting a trainer to start her. You don't want her first times jumping to have a negative effect if you're unable to keep your balance and end up catching your horse in the mouth, ect
Posted via Mobile Device
rosie1 is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 03-05-2011, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 2,042
• Horses: 1
I say "try" because I do not know if jumping will work out for him as far as him enjoying it.

He is 9, I doubt he has ever been jumped before. He was trained in WP, and I get him this september and we've since switched to english.

You could say I'm a begginer jumper, because I haven't done it very long, but I've been taught with a good foundation and am aware of where my release and seat is.

So what I'm gathering is it may be best to get hooked up with a trainer, and at the most I can lunge over jumps? :)

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
Eliz is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 03-05-2011, 01:45 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: canada
Posts: 139
• Horses: 0
Its always good to have a trainer help you with anything your unsure with, you can definitely do work to build your horse up to it though like previously stated :)
Posted via Mobile Device
rosie1 is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 03-05-2011, 03:25 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Africa
Posts: 153
• Horses: 1
As Rosie says, a trainer is always better but if you have a solid seat and release, I don't see why you can't begin your horses training. Lunging and even leading over jumps also helps prevent horses from over-jumping them the first time!
munschk is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 03-05-2011, 09:27 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 5,649
• Horses: 3
if you don't think you have much experience I would get a trainer to help you. There is no reason you can't start working on trot poles. The first jump I do with a horse is 4 trot poles to a cross rail. This teaches them to maintain their trot and where to take off. I don't really like to do free jumping or lunging over poles/jumps to teach a horse to jump. I would rather control them as a rider.

Gypsy & Scout <3
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein
gypsygirl is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 03-07-2011, 08:53 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10,441
• Horses: 0
It would be best to have a trainer once a week or so for the first month or two he is started over jumps, and once you two are both more confident and have started to find your way, maybe have a monthly lesson to touch up on things.
equiniphile is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Horse is terrified of jumps?? PriscaZia Horse Training 15 05-11-2012 12:28 PM
Homemade horse jumps Corny Horse Tack and Equipment 2 02-12-2011 01:32 PM
Just starting some jumps... tips? RubaiyateBandit Jumping 4 10-21-2009 09:13 PM
Starting a mare over jumps Angilina Horse Training 8 09-25-2008 06:08 PM
Starting a horse over jumps? Angilina Horse Training 0 09-22-2008 03:44 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome